Closing Date: 2019/10/29
Working collaboratively with the RSHDC team, the Research and Engagement Strategist coordinates initiatives, projects and events in support of engagement, research and curation activities. Creates and/or maintains partnerships with Indigenous communities, Survivors of residential school and/or intergenerational survivors to develop collaborative projects and initiatives, identify priorities and materials/records. Coordinates research and engagement initiatives at the Centre as well as with communities, schools, post-secondary institutions and UBC partners.
Collaborates on content and aids in designing and carrying out research strategies, scope and goals. Participates in ongoing project planning, research development and execution. Investigates funding sources and works collaboratively with RSHDC team to develop, compose, edit and proof funding applications and reports.
Conducts research into the resources and records related to the Residential School System in Canada and its legacies directly with community members.
Reports to the Assistant Director of Research and Engagement at the Residential History and Dialogue Centre (RSHDC), or designate. Works closely and in collaboration with the Assistant Director, RSHDC team, community and academic partners/stakeholders, and related research and archives staff at other institutions.
– Works directly with Indigenous community members and communities to develop collaborative research collections and initiatives;
– Coordinates engagement activities at the RHSDC for visiting individuals or groups, Survivors, families, school groups and UBC faculties, departments and/or partners in collaboration with RSHDC Education and Programming Strategist;
– Works directly with Survivors and intergenerational survivors of residential schools responding to requests for information and/or towards the development of ongoing RSHDC initiatives;
– Collaborates in developing resources for RSHDC lessons, workshops and/or conferences;
– Works collaboratively with RSHDC and various partner organizations to organize events, dialogues and conferences;
– Provides talks and/or is able to host events including public speaking engagements, group facilitation and/or workshops;
– Identifies relevant methodologies in Indigenous studies, trauma-informed memory institution studies to inform RSHDC content and strategies;
– Collaborates on and/or writes compiled research findings and disseminates compilations of RSHDC work to community and University/academic partners;
– In collaboration with RSHDC Assistant Director and RSHDC collections team defines strategy and scope for ongoing content research and curation;
– Researches funding sources and prepares, composes and edits funding applications and research reports
– Contributes to project planning, execution, monitoring and reporting
Works independently under the broad direction of the RSHDC Assistant Director of Research and Engagement.
May assign or check the work of technicians, support staff, students or volunteers.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
The Research and Engagement Strategist will exercise initiative, sound judgment, and tact in working with faculty, staff and with contacts at other institutions. Good judgment in the assessment of materials is imperative, as is attention to detail and organization. Errors, poor judgment, and inappropriate decisions can impede the work of the RSHDC and result in missed opportunities and, ultimately, ineffective or inadequate displays of public information, or in compromised relations with critical contacts at other institutions. Misidentification of usage rights on materials may create legal exposure for the Centre and university.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Indigenous studies, History with an Indigenous concentration, etc, or, in another academic field preferred related experience with Indigenous organizations related to residential school issues, or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience engaging with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and communities, demonstrated Indigenous cultural competency including knowledge of Indian Residential School system, and prior work with Survivors of schools and their families, is preferred. If candidate does not have adequate experience and cultural competency with Indigenous peoples, professional development requirements to achieve proven competency may be a requirement during the probationary period. Excellent research and writing skills. Knowledge of the residential school history and historical context is requisite. Demonstrated experience in working with Indigenous organizations is required. Experience with archival research or curatorial experience an asset. Computer competence in document preparation, database use, and organization of storage required. Experience in working with multimedia resources and/or communications strategies desirable. Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills required. Excellent oral and presentation skills required. Ability to build effective relationships when working with other staff, both locally and at related institutions required. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment required. Ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines required. Given equivalent qualifications, preference will be given to First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit candidates.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.